Houston's major airports, Hobby and Bush Intercontinental, rank among the Top 10 in the nation for the number of firearms confiscated from passengers, according to a new study by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
By the end of 2014, TSA officials had detected 2,164 firearms over the past year, a record figure indicating a more than 15 percent increase from the number of guns it found in 2013.
Of the firearms detected, at least 70 percent were loaded and some even contained a round in the chamber, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told the Washington Times.
The TSA's study shows that Houston passengers do not do well in gun smarts with George Bush Intercontinental ranked No. 4 for the most gun seizures in 2014, and Hobby Airport coming in at No. 6.
In fact, five of the top 12 airports where the most gun seizures occurred in 2014 are located in Texas, possibly due to the looser regulations on concealed weapons. The No. 1 airport for firearms confiscation was Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, with Dallas-Love Field at No. 11 and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at No. 12. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ranked No. 2 in the country during 2014, although it garnered the No. 1 spot for 2013.
If you're feeling curious (and maybe never want to visit an airport ever again), TSA's blog features weekly roundups of the weapons — ranging from firearms and knives to stun guns and hand grenades — confiscated from airports around the nation. In the last week, three guns were confiscated from Houston passengers, the blog reports.
Individuals caught with firearms may face arrest, hefty fines or both. A TSA spokesman told KHOU Ch. 11 just because security agents find firearms or ammunition, it doesn't necessarily indicate that those passengers had bad intentions, adding that most people found with firearms simply forgot they were armed.